NM Grads Participate in Shrine Bowl

North Mahaska cheerleader Rachel Freeborn poses with her friend Chloe during cheer camp at the Shrine Bowl. Submitted photo

Two North Mahaska graduates participated in the 2018 Shrine Bowl held at the UNIDome in Cedar Falls, but neither as a player. Both were, however, active on the sidelines.

Nick Ehret, a 2004 graduate of North Mahaska coached the South team and Rachel Freeborn, a 2018 graduate, was a cheerleader. Ehret is the son of hall of fame coach Steve, who has also coached in the annual classic.

The annual Shrine Bowl game is the final game for many of the players. It raises money to assist those who cannot walk. The Shrine Bowl motto is “Strong legs run that weak legs may walk.” It was the first time for Ehret to coach in the classic. He was an assistant for the South, which won 59-14.

Ehret is the head coach at Central Lee High School after a short stint at Cardinal. He spent six years on the staff with his father at North Mahaska. Steve Ehret was an assistant in 1984 and head coach at the Shrine Bowl in 2009.

“It was an honor to be selected,” said Ehret in a phone interview Tuesday. “Dad did it twice and some of the Shriner guys knew him from when he coached.

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